Durham, Amer power Meralco past Phoenix for 6th straight win, spot in the Final Four

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Meralco completed a great rally from the brink of elimination as it carved out a mind-boggling 108-103 overtime win over Phoenix Petroleum Friday night to sneak into the PBA Governors Cup Final Four before a stunned crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

It was a turnaround to die for, with the Bolts coming from a 1-4 win-loss showing in an FIBA tourney in Thailand then starting with six losses against a lone win in this PBA tourney.

Allen Durham and his teammates strung up six straight wins with their back against the wall, and thus the Bolts grabbed the last ticket to the semifinals joining early qualifiers Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia Pambansang Manok and Alaska Milk.

It’s Ginebra and Magnolia in their side of the best-of-five semis series beginning Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center. Meralco and Alaska open their own Final Four face-off Sunday at the same Antipolo playing venue.

“Credit to our guys. They’re so persistent and stubborn in what they want to achieve,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.

Durham showed the stuffs that has made him a two-time Best Import awardee while Baser Amer dished out one of the biggest games in his career to lead the Bolts to the great win over the Fuel Masters.

The scores:

Meralco 108 – Durham 32, Amer 26, Newsome 19, Salva 8, Canaleta 7, Hugnatan 6, Faundo 4, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Tolomia 2.

Phoenix 103 – Perkins 24, Wright 20, Phelps 18, Chua 13, Abueva 10, Intal 10, Wilson 5, Revilla 2, Jazul 1, Kramer 0.

Quarterscores: 22-27, 40-50, 70-68, 94-94, 108-103.